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« Reply #15 on: June 27, 2017, 07:39:31 PM »

A son's touching greeting: Prince Charles kisses his mother's hand and embraces his father as they lead mourners at the funeral of his godmother Countess Mountbatten of Burma

    The Queen and Prince Philip attended the funeral of Countess Mountbatten of Burma, Patricia Mountbatten
    Countess Mountbatten died at her home in Mercham, Kent, earlier this month at the age of 93
    Prince Charles said the Countess, who was Prince Philip's first cousin, was a 'very special godmother'
    Countess Mountbatten survived an IRA boat bomb that killed her father and son on August 27 1979

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« Reply #16 on: June 27, 2017, 08:49:25 PM »

Non-descendants of the late Countess:

The Queen & Duke of Edinburgh
Prince of Wales
Duke of York
Countess of Wessex
Princess Royal
Lady Sarah Chatto
Duchess of Gloucester
Duke of Kent
Prince Michael of Kent
Earl of St. Andrews
Lord Downpatrick

I hope they continue to update the photos.  I would like to see if any Germans or other Mountbattens attended. 

I read that there was only going to be this service, no memorial later as is customary in the UK.  Explains the major royal presence.
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« Reply #17 on: June 28, 2017, 01:20:59 AM »

Couple of things from watching the auto-play clip:

When Andrew walked in, he said something to Charles; you can see Charles say, "What?" and Andrew keeps walking. Would have loved to be a bug on that wall.
Charles was in control when he greeted his mother, but there was a slight crumbling of the facade when he looked up to Philip.

Tears in Liz's eyes. She must be taking the loss hard to allow that public expression.

There's definitely hesitation in Phil's steps these days. Tough old man.

Norton does look very frail. Frail or not, Penny has every right to throat-punch him for all the shit he's put her through. Even so, Penny's just beautiful, isn't she?

Didn't see a pic of Nicholas Knatchbull tho' I know he was there - I think he's the one Charles is kissing on the cheek where Andrew's talking to Norton.

It's hard to see the pic of Edward and Michael of Kent, both most definitely old men now. Wow.

I don't like Sophie's skirt for this occasion. Big lacework hearts? Really? Are you fifteen?

Anne looks fabulous, and she makes her little brother Andrew look elderly... that's how great she looks. And I wonder who smacked Andrew, and why? Wink


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« Reply #18 on: June 28, 2017, 07:03:31 PM »

With respect to his apparent emotionalism at the funeral, I would assume that Charles could only see the countess' death as a prefiguring of his loss of his own parents. I am of Charles' generation and there are very very few of us who still have living parents. It seems as if the past decade has been one of endless goodbyes to parents, aunts and uncles and friends' parents. And of course Charles has the two big goodbyes looming ahead of him.

I've always thought the countess has had such strong features. And it's surprised me because I didn't particularly see them on the face of either of her parents. Probably odd bits of more ancient ancestors' DNA showing up . . . . 
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